MAK­ING THE CUT

Howard Aus­tralia’s Con­dor mow­ers are prov­ing pop­u­lar with coun­cils around the coun­try

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City coun­cils in four states have cho­sen Howard Aus­tralia’s Con­dor mower, buy­ing on the strength of tri­als and demon­stra­tions.

Howard Aus­tralia says the heavy duty Con­dor has proven a pop­u­lar choice with its ad­vanced de­sign, unique fea­tures and safe, ef­fi­cient op­er­a­tion.

The mower is be­ing used at turf clubs and golf cour­ses, as well as keep­ing parks, sports ovals, grounds and road­sides in good order for coun­cils and grass con­trac­tors.

This mea­sure of suc­cess, it says, prompted the com­pany to add an­other two mod­els to the range – the RLM 1.78m and 2.37m rigid roller mow­ers, which both have a sim­i­lar de­sign to the winged Con­dor.

Howard Aus­tralia’s Trevor Telford says that the com­pany’s pro­gram of on­site Con­dor and RLM mower demon­stra­tions is still in full swing.

“If you can’t talk to some­one who’s ac­tu­ally us­ing a Con­dor mower, a demo is the next best way to learn how ef­fi­cient and ver­sa­tile our mow­ers are,” he says.

“With a strong swing-tip blade sys­tem and high blade tip speed of 90m/s (178 and 237 are 86m/s) at the blade end, you’re go­ing to get a clean cut in a wide range of con­di­tions.

“The thick­ness of the blade means it can han­dle light main­te­nance and also tackle heavy wet grass up to 300mm, which is where other mow­ers can run into trou­ble,” Telford says, adding: “You can use the Con­dor on trac­tors from 44.7kW to 82kW.”

The Con­dor mower is 3.61m wide with a 3.49m cut­ting width and full-width rear 165mm di­am­e­ter rollers. It has a hot-dipped gal­vanised body for easy clean­ing. The ad­justable front roller al­lows pre­cise height con­trol from ground level to 100mm.

Front chains give longer grass bet­ter en­try to the cut­ting cham­ber, and de­sign im­prove­ments to belt en­gage­ment and larger drive pul­leys min­imise belt slippage in heavy con­di­tions. The Con­dor mower folds down to 2.35m for trans­port and in­cludes a trans­port head­stock lock to pre­vent shock loads from the float­ing top link when mov­ing the ma­chine on the road be­tween jobs.

The wings also lock into place with a con­ve­nient hy­draulic safety lock to pre­vent ac­ci­den­tal low­er­ing dur­ing tran­sit. The elec­tro­hy­draulic safety switch must be ac­ti­vated at the same time as the trac­tor hy­draulics.

Howard Aus­tralia says that the RLM 237 “fea­tures ev­ery­thing that has made the Con­dor the suc­cess it is to­day, but in a smaller rigid for­mat”.

Spin­dles, lock­able trans­port head­stock and in­cre­men­tal height ad­just­ment are all stan­dard. A full width front roller and rear roller com­plete the pack­age.

The smaller RLM 178 only dif­fers in the fact that it is more of an en­try level ma­chine for smaller es­tab­lish­ments and has a heavy duty head­stock and chain back stays.

Howard Aus­tralia says its prod­uct de­vel­op­ment en­gi­neer, Robert Con­don, de­signed the Con­dor and RLM se­ries roller mow­ers in re­sponse to wide­spread in­dus­try de­mand for ver­sa­tile heavy-duty roller mow­ers, “with both the Con­dor and RLM se­ries ca­pa­bil­i­ties to­day still con­tin­u­ing to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions”.

Left: The new RLM 178 mower Be­low: Howard Aus­tralia’s Con­dor mower

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